Huckleberry


Gender: Masculine

Origin: American

Meaning: “Humble.”

Pronunciation: (HUHK-uhl-ber-ee)

Nicknames: Huck

Detail: Both in agriculture and in the American vocabulary, the huckleberry has been humble. In 1800s America, huckleberry meant “a small thing.”

Huckleberry was chosen for the title role in one of the most well-known American novels, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

“We said there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.”

Huma


 

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Persian

Meaning: “Bird, water spirit.”

Pronunciation: (HOO-mah)

Nicknames: Hum, Humi

Detail: A mythical high flying bird which symbolises freedom.

The word Huma which has a Persian origin is Bulah in Arabic. It is supposed that in the word Huma, hu represents “spirit”, and mah originates from the Arabic Ma’a which means “water”.

Adlumia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Pronunciation: (ad-LOO-mee-uh)

Nicknames: Ada, Addie, Luma, Lumi

Detail: A genus of American plants of a single species, a delicate climbing herbaceous biennial, with panicles of drooping flowers. Adlumia for John Adlum, amateur botanist of the late 18th century and early 19th century.

Onatah


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Iroquois

Meaning: “Daughter of the Earth and Corn Spirit.”

Pronunciation: (oh-NAH-tah)

Nicknames: Nat, Ona, Ota

Detail: In Iroquois mythology, Onatah is the corn goddess. She was the daughter of Eithinoha (Mother Earth).

Onatah was kidnapped by the ruler of the underworld. Her mother searched everywhere for her, to no avail. She grieved and while she grieved no crops grew. Finally, the sun found where she was, split open the ground and rescued her, and the earth flourished. However, the spirits of the underworld miss Onatah, and whenever the sun sleeps they snatch her back (winter), and then a great human effort in ceremonies and offerings are needed to awaken the sun and rescue her again (spring).

Mercutio


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Mercury.”

Pronunciation: (mur-KYOO-shee-oh)

Nicknames: Mac, Mek, Merk, Merro, Murry, Cue, Tio

Detail: The name comes from Mercury, the Roman messenger god.

Mercutio is a character of Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”.

“If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking and you beat love down.”

Fionnoula


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: “Fair shouldered.”

Pronunciation: (fin-NOH-luh)

Nicknames: Fi, Fin, Fini, Finna, Flo, Fola, Lola, Nola

Detail: The name comes from fionn + ghuala “fair shouldered.”

The chieftan King Lir(leer) and his wife Aobh(ay) had a daughter Fionnoula and three sons Aedh(aid), Conn and Fiachra(fee-AH-kruh). When Aobh died, Lir’s new wife Aoife(EE-fah) was so jealous of her husband’s love for his children that she cast a spell on them and turned them into swans and condemned them to spend 300 years on Lake Daravarragh(dair-uh-vair-uh), 300 years on the Sea of Moyle and 300 years on Innis Glora. However, if they heard a Christian bell in Ireland they would become people again. One morning they were awakened by the sound of a Mass bell. St. Patrick had arrived. The children were brought to him and he baptised them and they have lived on in Irish mythology as the “Children of Lir”

Variations:

  • Fenella
  • Finella
  • Finola
  • Fionnaghal
  • Fionnaghuala
  • Fionnala
  • Fionnauala
  • Fionnghala
  • Fionnghuala
  • Fionnoula
  • Fionnuala
  • Fionnula
  • Fionola

Maverick


Maverick (Tom Cruise) in Top Gun

Gender: Masculine

Origin: English

Meaning: “An independent, free spirit.”

Pronunciation: (MAV-er-ik)

Nicknames: Mac, Mav

Detail: Maverick’s language of origin is English-American. The name’s meaning is “a wild nonconformist”.

Salsola


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Salt.”

Pronunciation: (sal-SOH-lah)

Nicknames: Sala, Sally, Salt, Sola, Salsa

Detail: The name Salsola is derived from Latin salsus, meaning “salt”.

Common names of various members of the Salsola plant genus include tumbleweed, for its wind-blown seed dispersal habit; saltwort, for its salt tolerance; and Russian thistle for its origins, although it is not a thistle.

Salsola is the salt of the earth.

Euphemia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “to speak well.”

Pronunciation: (yoo-FEE-mee-uh) Euphemia

Nicknames: Effy, Effie, Ephie, Euphie, Phemi

Detail: Derived from Greek eu “good” and phemi “to speak”.

Saint Euphemia was an early martyred virgin of Chalcedon. The traditions surrounding her death state that she was tortured and then slain by a wild bear because she refused to attend a pagan ceremony.